Put away your Bloomberg screen. Now that 2022 has begun, we look to the cosmos to divine what the year has in store.
Wait … what?
Recall that in the year 2020, this was highly useful. Here’s what we wrote back then:
On January 12, Saturn and Pluto met in Capricorn for the first time since 1518. Astrologers refer to this planetary conjunction as a synod, which means “a traveling together.” The more slowly a synod moves, the more powerful its influence on human affairs. Saturn and Pluto come together in a new synodic cycle every 33–37 years, which impacts the world on a macro level, introducing change and sometimes upheaval.
A Saturn–Pluto synodic cycle can bring about new political and societal structures as it seeks to balance unjust conditions and force necessary confrontations with cultural and personal issues that we can no longer deny or resist. Saturn and Pluto demand that we take responsibility for the discord we have produced, and create more harmoniously so that we can evolve collectively.
Based on astrological history, we know this celestial event will cause some monumental and globally felt shifts.
Who’d have guessed that would be an understatement? A global pandemic ensued, followed by the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, calls for racial justice spurred by George Floyd’s death, climate activism, the great resignation, a dramatic stock market crash and then a record-setting boom.
How can planetary cycles really affect markets? Now you know. This should put any skepticism to rest. “The planets,” wrote author James Lendall Basford, “are God’s punctuation marks pointing the sentences of human fate, written in the constellations.”
Thankfully, this will be a more auspicious year. Jupiter will journey through Pisces until May 10, dip out into Aries for a bit, and then re-enter the sign of the fish once again in October.
In Greco-Roman mythology, Jupiter is the king of the gods, the great protecting deity. One of his most ancient epithets is Lucetius or “Light-bringer.” Jupiter, so named was the largest planet, can comfortably fit 1,000 Earths inside it. Jupiter’s gravitational field protects us from incoming comets by deflecting them away from the inner solar system.
Also known as the Great Benefic, Jupiter rules over luck and wealth. When it travels through the dreamy Pisces, there’s a feeling of richness and a world that is full of possibilities. Jupiter in Aries inspires us to have the confidence and courage to live the life we want.
Jupiter’s optimistic and hopeful energy contrasts the gloomy mood among the Davos elite. Only 16 percent of them feel “positive” or “optimistic” about the global outlook; the rest are “worried” or “concerned,” according to a new survey. Four-fifths expect a “consistently volatile” future or a “fractured trajectory.”
Astrologically speaking, the Davos elite are overly concerned. “Jupiter knows how to turn a mountain into a molehill,” says astrologer Aliza Kelly. “In fact, that’s what Jupiter does best.” New virus strains? Labor shortages? Supply chain challenges? Inflation? Fed hawkishness? Meh!
The cosmic picture that emerges is one of unparalleled levels of euphoria in 2022. We remain bullish. After all, Jupiter is the planet of expansion; it amplifies whatever it encounters.
Too much of anything, however, is bad. Jupiter in Pisces has a proclivity for going overboard. People can succumb to hedonism, escapism, and extremism. Isn’t that how bull markets come to an end?
For the time being, though, the public’s mood is grim. In January, the University of Michigan Index of Consumer Sentiment fell to 68.8, its second-lowest level in a decade. Investors are experiencing their own agony. The S&P 500 made a marginal new high as the year began, then lost ground. Charles Schwab’s chief investment strategist, Liz Ann Sonders, observed that “There are so many unique uncertainties right now.”
The universe is sending us a message. Trust the promising signs.